Exciting news! Disneyland can reopen! California has set a date for when theme parks in the state may reopen. Read on for all details!
This afternoon, we shared Governor Newsom was considering a change in the reopening guidelines for theme parks in the state of California. After a petition garnered close to 2 million signatures, it caught the attention of the governor. Vaccination rate would largely affect when theme parks could reopen.
Newsom stressed that he isn’t eliminating the tier systems but is adjusting the thresholds.
WE WANT TO INCORPORATE VACCINATION RATES INTO TIERING, AND THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY THROUGH THE TIERS.Gov. Newsom
You can read more about these changes HERE.
According to the OC Register, the state’s health department updated its guidelines, thus allowing theme parks in the state of California to open. These are considered a “refresh” of his four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
“The Newsom administration’s “Blueprint Refresh” allows Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks to reopen as early as April 1 once the counties they are located in reach the red/substantial tier 2 risk status.”
Beginning April 1, 2021, theme parks can open at 15% capacity in the red/substantial tier 2. Capacity will increase as tiers shift. Additionally, only California residents will be able to visit the theme parks.
Orange and Los Angeles counties are exacted to move into this red tier next week, allowing them to reopen at the beginning of April.
“We appreciate the administration’s willingness to work with the state’s theme parks on the finer details of the plan so parks can responsibly reopen soon, putting people safely back to work and reinvigorating local economies.”Erin Guerrero, California Attractions and Parks Association executive director
It is not likely Disneyland will be ready to reopen on April 1, however. You may remember last year Disney World was given the green light to reopen at the end of May. However, they waited until July while Universal Studios, Legoland, and other theme parks reopened in early June.
There will be many logistical and operational kinks to work out before Disneyland will be ready to welcome Guests.
Check out this statement from the President of Disneyland Resort, Ken Potrock:
What about A Touch of Disney?
A Touch of Disney is a ticketed event that California Adventure is hosting from March 18 through mid April. Select outdoor areas will open for Guests to enjoy food and beverages throughout the park as well as merchandise and photo ops.
This extremely popular event has already sold out after tickets went on sale just yesterday.
With this news that the theme parks can reopen on April 1, we will be watching to see how Disney handles this event. It’s possible the event will continue as planned with the park officially opening after the event is over.
We will be sure to update with additional details as news rolls in!
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